There are a variety of funding streams available for community groups and projects



The Wind Energy site at HMP Stanford Hill on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent is now operational. To celebrate the
start of 25 years generating clean and renewable energy, the Isle of Sheppey Community Benefit Fund
(supported by Partnerships for Renewables) will provide £25,000 for community and voluntary projects located
on the Isle of Sheppey.
Grants will be available for groups wishing to develop and improve
community projects. These include projects that support nature
conservation objectives. Examples may include:
• Village halls
• Village greens
• Public playgrounds
• Sports fields and facilities
• Nature reserves
• Community centres
• Cycle paths
• Country parks
You can apply for a grant of between £5,000 and £25,000 by completing a simple online application form. The
deadline to submit your applications is 12 noon on 8 July 2013. Remember this is a one-off opportunity and late
applications will not be considered, so don’t miss out!
The Fund is being managed by GrantScape and all the information you need about how to apply can be found at If you have any further questions or would like to discuss your project idea before
applying, please call Matt, Andrew or Tina on: 01908 247630.


PfR Community Fund
The wind energy site at HMP Standford hill is now operational and, as promised, Partnerships for Renewables has set up a Community Benfit Fund for projects located within the parish of Eastchurch. PfR will commit into a Fund annually for the next 25 years for projects within Eastchurch Parish where the wind turbines are located. Each year, grants of between £250.00 and £10, 350.00 will be given to projects that
  • Innovate and are different, and get communities they are intended for excited and involved.
  • Help develop more sustainable communities and enhance quality of life.
  • Support local conservation and environmental initiatives
  • Encourage renewable energy use, helping communitites save energy or generate energy for their use.

A Community Advisory Panel (CAP) has been set up to decide which applications will receive funding. The CAP, a group of local volunteers, will meet four times a year to consider applications received.

If you wish to apply for a grant you will need to complete a single application form which can be requested from When you have completed your application please return it to the same email address. If you have any questions about the grants please contact Allan Melrose, Village Hall, Warden Road, Eastchurch. ME12 4EJ Tel: 07756 029 019

The first deadline for application is 8th June 2013


Big Local Lottery Grant

Big Local is an exciting opportunity for residents in the Eastchurch, Leysdown and Warden areas to make a lasting positive difference to their communities. It’s about bringing together all the local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area an even better place to live.
The four programme outcomes for Big Local are:
Communities will be better able to identify local needs and take action in response to them.
People will have increased skills and confidence, so that they continue to identify and respond to needs in the future.
The community will make a difference to the needs it prioritises.
People will feel that their area is an even better place to live.
Swale Council for Voluntary Service and Volunteer Centre are working together with local residents as the local trusted organisation to develop the long term plan that will help the local community to access the £1m funding.
Working in partnership with Sheppey Matters we will support a community outreach team led by Julie Blackmore, Swale CVS, to help gather ideas and work towards a community vision to make Eastern Sheppey a better place to live.
For more information please contact Julie Blackmore
on 01795 473828 or